Dear Claire, I absolutely love your essay on boobs. As a magazine photographer from 1975 until journalism died a few years ago I got to see many of them. As a young teenager in Mexico City I savoured Brigitte Bardot’s cleavage in conservative Mexican magazines of the time. But I have to say that the most beautiful cleavage in the world, elegant and understated is the cleavage of women like you who say they are flat-chested. In the 80s and 90s I worked for Vancouver magazine and one of the writers and I were fans of ecdyiasts. Les Wiseman had only two categories, the warthogs with protruding nipples and the ones (close to you name) that fused the aereolas with them he called puffies!
When I was 14 I suddenly developed small breast and I was preocupied if I were no longer a boy. My father was not with us so I consulted my mother who sent me to the doctor. He told me this was normal and that they soon would subside. But he told me something else and I wonder if women know this. Men always think women have sensitive breasts. This is not always the case. Well, some of us men (this guy included) even at age 74 have sensitive breasts!
In a fashion shoot involving Ballet BC dancers, one of them told me, “Alex you have given me cleavage! I never knew I had it.
You might not know that Bert Stern pioneered cleavage lighting for Cosmopolitan years ago. It was also his favourite portrait ligthing. One light is high pointing at a 45 degree angle at the subject. And the light itself is at 45 degrees to one side from the centre where the woman and photographer are. There is this: http://blog.alexwaterhousehayward.com/2013/07/titzlings-support-for-women.html